2011-Fall

HHS Publishes Final Standards for Data Collection

On October 31, 2011, the department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published final standards for collecting data about race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status. Under health care reform, all health surveys sponsored by HHS must address disability status. People with disabilities have poorer health and poorer health outcomes than others, and a […]

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CDC Withdraws Disability Program Consolidation Proposal

On September 22, the Senate Committee on Appropriations reported its fiscal year 2012 Department of Health and Human Services appropriations legislation. The committee “rejected the consolidation proposal in the fiscal year 2012 budget for disability initiatives.” On November 4, CDC publicly stated: “In the absence of explicit Congressional support, CDC will not move forward with […]

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AAHD in the Spotlight

AAHD Executive Director Roberta Carlin was invited to participate in “Honoring the Promise,” an event to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, at the Eisenhower Theater in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The opening remarks paid tribute to AAHD’s Project Accessibility, the only grantee program recognized at […]

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Disability and Public Health in the Media

In June 2011, AAHD began publishing a weekly electronic update called Disability and Public Health in the Media. AAHD delivers this electronic update every Tuesday to more than 4,000 subscribers. To subscribe to this weekly publication, please e-mail contact@aahd.us. AAHD staff have received very positive comments about the content and quality of this publication and […]

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Uninsured people with disabilities confront substantial barriers to health care services

Despite social “safety net” programs, many U.S. residents with disabilities lack insurance coverage and thus risk financial barriers to accessing care, according to a study in the October 2011 issue of Disability and Health Journal. The study objectives were to characterize working-age adults with disabilities who lack health insurance and to examine their self-reported barriers […]

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New Study Finds E-Prescribing Is Safe and Efficient, but Barriers Remain

Cutting costs and improving safety are two goals for health care in the United States, and electronic prescribing is one means of achieving both. But physicians and pharmacies face barriers to realizing the technology’s full benefit, according to a study funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research […]

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Making Meetings More Accessible

Accessibility is a broad concept. Some aspects are strictly governed by law, such as the number of accessible rooms or roll-in showers a hotel must have on offer. But much of what makes a hotel feel accessible to guests with disabilities is less sharply defined, such as a willingness to go the extra mile. That’s […]

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Building Public Health Programs for All: A Policy Approach in New York

The best way of ensuring access and integration for people with disabilities is involving people with disabilities in early conversations that matter, according to Theresa Paeglow, program manager, Disability and Health Program, New York State Department of Health. In that way, the needs of people with disabilities are built into program design and implementation, rather […]

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Cybersecurity: Keeping Your Data Safe

Many people derive a great deal of enjoyment from posting their personal photos and private information to Facebook and other social media websites these days. And it’s easy for enthusiastic posters to lose sight of the fact that the Internet is a big place with a few shady characters and a very long memory. But […]

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Public Policy Advocacy: The Year in Review

AAHD has worked with numerous national colations during 2011 to promote the health and wellness of people with disabilities. The association has been busy advocating for appropriate implementation of the Affordable Care Act for people with disabilities: Securing essential health benefits Ensuring access to health insurance exchanges and to accountable care organizations Using health information […]

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